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Eternal Images: Photographing Childhood

Quoy Wong family, Bangor, 1922

Quoy Wong family, Bangor, 1922

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Maine Historical Society

In the early decades of the twentieth century, more and more portraits included the entire family rather than just a child or a child and mother.

This closely posed portrait of the Wong family of Bangor captures a typical family pose: the woman is seated, the man is standing behind her and the children are clustered in front of their father, with the mother holding the youngest.

In this case, the formality of the pose and the dress of the family suggests a certain social and economic status.

Wong, an immigrant from China, owned a restaurant in Bangor.


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